kolya the kokopelli



Tucked away in one of those pics of Roger and Rafa‘s creating paintball art — designed to fete the upcoming ATP year-end tournament in London — was this one of Nikolay Davydenko‘s piece. And since the artwork’s stencils were based on each player’s signature move, we couldn’t help but wonder: does Kolya really look like a lanky kokopelli when he serves? Yikes. Oh well, it doesn’t matter; a man who serves us tequila can do no wrong.

(image via ATP)

the ATP’s newest art project



As if they haven’t hustled enough to get to London — aka the site of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held Nov. 21-28, 2010 — each of the eight players who qualify is being asked to create a self-portrait to celebrate their achievement.

The set-up: the guys, during the Masters Series stop in Cincinnati, hit paint-covered tennis balls against stenciled canvases showing one of the player’s signature moves. The pieces will be exhibited in Central London in early November; it’ll move to The O2 for the duration of the actual event. And after, it’ll be auctioned off for charity.

We can’t wait to see what signature moves they’ve stenciled for Muzz, Nole (tearing off his shirt?), and Andy Roddick (adjusting his crotch?). Six more spots are up for grabs.

Rafa Nadal, who owns a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, said this about creating his painting:

“Making the artwork was fun and something I’ve never done before. It’s a great way to celebrate the World Tour Finals coming back to London. It was a little bit of a challenge to put the balls on the silhouette! Of course this is the least we can do for charity and for those who need it the most. It’s very important that people in our position help those who really need help. I’d like to thank everyone for the support they give us.”

He qualified for the year-ending tournament back in May 23, 2010. Jesus.

And Roger Federer said this:

“It was great fun being invited to create my self portrait and I’m excited to see how the finished piece looks. Raising money for charity is always a great thing so already I would like to thank people who will buy these pictures and it’s going to be for a good cause. I’m happy I can help a bit.”

Federer qualified in August 7, 2010. This will be the ninth time he’s participated in the year-end event.

Flashback: Of course, this isn’t the first time the boys have been asked to help out with some year-end art. Remember those terracotta statues created by Laury Dizengremel for the Shanghai Masters? And this isn’t the first time the pros have dabbled in ball-art either. Martina Navratilova‘s churned out a few pieces herself.

More info: Check out the details (including tickets) for the Year-End finals here and specifically about the Art of Tennis here.

More pics: And more images of Nadal and Roger smackin’ the painted balls after the cut…

stella mccartney to design the uk’s 2012 olympic kit



Stella McCartney continues to flex her athletic apparel muscle by signing on as creative director of adidas‘s United Kingdom 2012 Olympics and Paralympics kits.

While McCartney’s expertise now includes golf, cycling, tennis, and dance, she’ll need to step it up in order to incorporate all the sports (which’ll require different fabrics and silhouettes). “So there are challenges,” she told Vogue. “I have a million challenges. I have to make it look good on TV, I have to make it feel good for the athletes, I have to make it work — technically it has to do its job. But I think they’re all good challenges — I like a challenge.”

Fans, fear not: Us non-athletes will also get a taste of Stella’s take on this worldwide event; a range for the masses will drop in the fall.

TSF’d been really curious to know how McCartney would design for the menz (she’s done it for boys) and this is the closest we’ll get. We can’t wait to see swimmer Mark Foster (dapper in Beijing) and Andy Murray decked out in Stella!

And sadly, this probably won’t mean that Andy’ll get her to design his on-court wear; at least for tennis, the players’ contractual obligations to their clothing sponsors supercede whatever they’ll get from their home team’s olympic committee.

Fall 2010 RTW: On another note, we weren’t too keen on McCartney’s last showing in Paris for the fall RTW collection. See her Fall/Winter 2010 RTW show here.

(via vogue.co.uk; image grab via style.com)

grigor dimitrov: clothed, so no cigar



Not until he has to: Russian Grigor Dimitrov (clothed, le sigh) lost to third seed Gilles Simon in the AEGON Championships Round of 16 in two tiebreak sets.

For this Wimbledon stretch, adidas has its Competition collection in red, blue, and white. I guess Grigor will stay as far away from the all-white rule until he absolutely has to follow it!

Buy: Check out the goods here.

(image via Getty Images)

the ultimate in player consideration



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Floating heads: The lines/ballfolks at this week’s AEGON Championships (aka the Queen’s Club tourney in London) are decked out in Fila blue, matching the backdrop and the furniture of this Wimbledon warmup.

Goings on: Top seed Andy Murray is through to the round of 16 after beating Andreas Seppi in the second round. (Up next is Gigi Lopez.) Meanwhile, a record is on the line with the next match between Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt; both have won this event four times in the last nine years — Hewitt in 2000-2002 and 2006; Roddick in 2003-2005 and 2007. Whoever wins that battle should end up in the finals and with a fifth Queen’s Club title.

And yes, we are saying that Murray will be in the final. (Maybe JC Ferrero?)

Browse: Tourney website here.

(image courtesy of Fila)